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PACE President shocked by ill-treatment of prisoners

Jean Claude Mignon, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), today issued the following statement:

“I was shocked and horrified to see media images of prison guards violently assaulting inmates in a prison in Georgia.

These intolerable atrocities took place in a Council of Europe member state.  President Saakashvili has announced his intention to punish the culprits.  I hope that all those at all levels who bear any responsibility in this appalling affair will be identified and punished according to the law.

The recommendations from the Council of Europe’s European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which regularly monitors the way in which persons deprived of their liberty are treated in our member states, should serve as a guide to the Georgian authorities so that situations of this kind never recur”.


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